Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel
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Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Photo of tgbljb
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a beautiful deep copper color with slightly off-white quickly disappearing head. Smell is of caramel, coffee, roasted grains. Taste is a bit disappointing becasue the promises of the smell do not follow through. Finish is a slight bitterness with caramel notes. Beer is good but just does not seem to excel in any aspect.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the 12 oz bottle a nice clear ruby color. More redwhen held to the light. Thinner white head, just over 1/4 inch, fell to a thin cover on the liquid with a ring around the glass and spotty lacing.

Smell: Weaker malty aromas, scent of some bready grains and caramel, favoring the sweeter side. Typical hop associated aromas not present.

Taste: Much like the smell implies, this one leans to malty, although not big sweet malt like a bock or doppelbock, which I guess is ok for the style. Hop bitterness is minimal to nearly non existent, kept to a small bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly well carbonated, a`little lighter in body than I had expected. Not watery though, which is good.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking, sessionable beer. A good, widely available Dunkel, but not quite a top notch dunkel, IMO.

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Photo of KI9A
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, cola brown, medium tan head. Fades fast.

Smell of malt & bread.

Tastes of malt, and a bit of a yeasty feel. Finishes a bit sweet, not bad.

Not the "biggest" dunkel I have had, but, not a bad session beer at all. Almost seems as if the flavors were tweaked back.

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Photo of spointon
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Auld Dubliner Pub in Bolingbrook, IL on 5/20/2009.

A= This beer poured a clear, light brown color with a thin tan head. The head disappeared in minutes and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Subdued aromas of malty sweetness (caramel and treacle mostly). Slight whiff of sulfur in there too.

T= Pleasant but thin flavor profile. I found caramel, a hint of cocoa bean, and roasted grain on the malt side. Not much in the way of perceptible bitterness. Some earthy notes in the middle though. Fairly sweet finish for a lager style beer.

MF= Light than medium bodied for sure, with a soft carbonation feel.

D= While the flavor of this beer was not anything to get excited about, it was easy to drink and could easily be sessioned.

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Photo of KingPurple
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/mahogany color with a decent tan head that retreats to a collar and a trace of lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mild caramel malt with just a suggestion of grassy hops.

The taste starts slightly sweet, mild grainy malt with a touch of caramel, finishes slightly medicinal and carbonic.

Light bodied, actually a little thin but smooth and easily drinkable. Decent but nothing special.

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Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, like a root beer hard candy, with good amount of white head that doesn't stick around long. Smells of sweet and tangy malt, then bitter caramel. Some cereal/bread with a stiff swirl. First taste is caramel and nutty, almost fruity, fading to a bitter roasted malt. Slightly tangy from the distinct German yeast/malt combination. This is surprisingly light and easy going down. Slightly watery.

This is an interesting beer. Deceptively light on first blush, it took me a while to realize this is a dark lager. Very drinkable, but I don't think I could have more than one due to the trademark tangy aftertaste. This beer is a breath of fresh air from the normal hoppy craft brew I'm used to.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/24/2008 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark red-brown colored body, somewhat transparent looking, with a big frothy off-white head. Has a funky spicy aroma, maltiness, dark fruit. Dark fruity musty taste, maybe like over-ripe bananas. Grapey. Malty. Fizzy. Good.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark mahogany with a smallish head that disappeared very quickly.

Aromas of tasted malt, a little raisin, lager yeast.

Taste is almost a lightly burnt malt with some dark fruits and citrus hops on the end. Mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation and hops.

Aftertaste is almost adjunct-like lager with a bit of the nice citrus hops.

Not a great Dunkel...but very decent.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear light brown with a small off white head. Smells of malt, some chocolate, and fruit. Tastes of malt, caramel, light fruit, and nuttiness. Light mouthfeel with med-low carbonation. Overall its good just nothing worth buying again.

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Photo of WTexas
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented itself in a chestnut brown hue with a medium to light head. Smelled crisp and clean with no unpleasantness. Taste was pleasant with a big malty flavor along with hints of cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel felt only slightly carbonated with an absence of aftertaste. Certainly, an adequate addition to the refrigerator on a year round basis. A good, yet simple, dunkel to round out one’s selection.

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Photo of mherring
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a 12er of this that happened to be on sale at the local Krogers. Since I love a good, Dunkel i couldn't resist. The smell and appearance were both average for dunkels I would say. There was nothing to exceptional worth noting, anyways. The taste was pretty good. You get a nice feel of roasted malts, and some sweetness blended in there for what I would call a good tasting beer. The mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth all around and the drinkability is pretty high, but then drinkability is high on most any good beer.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee brown, with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Sweet and mildly herbal aroma. The taste is heavy on the dark carmel malts (of course), with hints of raisin and a tea-like flavor as well. Not really as impressive as it sounds. Still, despite not breaking any new ground, this is a simple and tasty dunkel. Worth a try.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few glasses on-tap.

Beer looked dark brown, with a head that I'd say fell out of "ring" status very quickly. Nothing too enticing on the aroma front either. Mineral and metallic scents outweighed the malt. Taste was mostly earthy and coffee-like, with a tinge of sweetness. Mouthfeel was dry and a bit thin. Overall, this beer reminded me of a weak cup of coffee.

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Photo of gford217
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a small head that lingers as a cap for a while and leaves no lacing. The aroma is nice with tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke on top of a light breadiness. The taste is not quite as full as the aroma with a sweet maltiness that flows into a grainy aftertaste with no hops to be found. The smokiness is not as prominent as the aroma either. The mouthfeel is thin with decent carbonation. This is a decent session lager though with very little complexity. Basic but drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a cola colored liquid with a fizzy tan looking head. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had some traditional pilsner aromas in it along with a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer is malty with a dry bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of this one is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall it's a decent dark brew from Germany.

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Photo of palliko
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a medium dark brown, that pours a creamy head with some lace retention. The aroma contains hints of vegetable, prune and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is average in carbonation, dry and mild on both hops and malt. Some hint that the Dunkel comes from caramel additives rather than cask aging. The finish is dry and slightly artificial tasting. Not up to Warsteiner's standards with their other beers.

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Photo of jshusc
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kromes
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with thick head and good lacing down glass. The smell was a little weird, some hops and a slight skunky smell. Roasted malt flavor with a flowery hop flavor in the finish and again a little bit skunky in flavor. very smooth mouthfeel with less than normal carbonation. There was a somewhat metallic taste to this. It reminded of the other warsteiner beers in flavor with the added goodness of roasted malts.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Biggest Disappointment of 2006-

I found this on-tap a Ludwig’s and it came in a half-liter Warsteiner mug. It was dark brown but I could just see through it. It was surprisingly clear when held to the light. The head consisted of a slightly tan film.

Smelled mostly of dry corn with a hint of wheat, ashy yeast and a slight roasted molasses.

Tasted like Hamm’s with a hint of molasses. Wow. I got mostly BMC-esque corn and dry dirty yeast with an ever-so-slight woody molasses blended into it. Yawn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a nice prominent carbonation that was very easy to drink.

If this were, say, “Hamm’s Dark”, I’d be really impressed, but it’s not, so I’m a bit pissed. Over all, it was very easy to drink, but for what I paid for it added to the limp flavor, it really didn’t deliver.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Old Castle Restaurant in Sun City.

A: Dark, dark brown with dark red highlights. Nice white head that settles to a foam ring. There is some visible carbonation but not much.

S: Lager yeast, roasted malt, just a bit of pine hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose with slight coffee notes to the roasted malt profile, and has a relatively dry finish.

M: Light-ish mouthfeel, decent amount of carbonation on the tongue, alcohol well-hidden.

O: Not bad, seemed the best choice of the beers available. But nothing outstanding.

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Photo of shererjt
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown color with just a touch of ruby redness. Beautiful tan head and nice carbonation. Aroma was a bit underwhelming; some chocolate, leaned to malt. Full, rich flavor and solid body. Tiny bit of nuttiness, too. Mostly malt and a good flavor. Mouthfeel and body were medium with a bit of tartness. Drinkability was above average, though a bit more flavor would improve it.

Pretty good beer. Really great dunkels are hard to come by in my experience, but this one isn't bad at all.

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Photo of Boto
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Fox & Hound: This one pours with a decent sized white head on it. It doesn't linger long. There was no real lacing to it. The color is a ruby-tinged brown. The aroma was OK, although not too strong. notes of molasses, caramel, maybe a hint of roastiness. Slightly less than a medium body. The taste was slightly sweet with notes of the caramel and molasses. A hint of hops for balance. Not very exciting, but very drinkable.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 32.9% out of 100 with 1,560 ratings
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